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Grateful Dead Live at Freedom Hall on 1974-06-18

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Grateful Dead Live at Freedom Hall on 1974-06-18

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This has been commercially released as "Road Trips Vol2. #3"

Promised Land, It Must Have Been The Roses, Black Throated Wind, Ramble On Rose, Beat It On Down The Line, Loser, Mexicali Blues, Eyes Of The World-> China Doll, Around & Around Loose Lucy, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> The Other One-> It's A Sin-> Stella Blue, Big River, Tennessee Jed, Sugar Magnolia, E: Morning Dew

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Freedom Hall
Location Louisville, KY

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD> MR>1 cass> DAT> ZA2> SHN


SBD> MR>1 cass> DAT> ZA2> SHN; newly circulating crisp version); via D. Sacks, D. Hollister; note d3t2 was bad 11/5, fixed


Reviewer: dreatimeland - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2015
Subject: Big River!
Everyone seems to gravitate to the big jams. Aah SUCH A GREAT EYES OF THE WORLD. True that, but I`m here to tell ya, I`m a fan the cowboy songs and Big River is the measuring stick in 73 and 74. Take a listen to this tight light little gold nugget: Each band member moving together in unison with Billy just driving this mule train. Don`t take any wooden nickels."The trouble with you is the trouble with me,
you got two good EYES but you still don`t see".
Reviewer: atheistdeadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2014
Subject: pfft late 80s show cant be 5 starts, wrong!!
this show freekin smokes.
Reviewer: weironamissionfrombob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2013
Subject: found a copy
bluestones: I was having the same issue, was lucky enough to come across a copy email me at if you would like a copy
Reviewer: bluestones - favorite - October 25, 2013
Subject: I Can't Hear This Show Anywhere
Like every other legendary show it's already no longer available on Dead.Net. Amazon is selling used copies for some astronomical price. I can't find any soundboard to download it from. doesn't have it. What the fuck?

God, Dead Heads are so greedy. And why don't they put these albums on iTunes, huh?

1 rating because of these shows always selling out and making owners into elitists.

Hey, I'll give you my Complete Fillmore West 1969 set for fucking free! How do you like that Christ-like behavior?
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2013
Subject: Louisville Slugger
You can hardly complain these days as a Deadhead seeking out music. However, I would have paid to have heard the remainder of this show. I would have enjoyed coming here to listen too. Even though Weather Report Suite, The Other One and Stella Blue are surely highlights putting Morning Dew on a bonus disc is odd. Same goes for 6/16 Truckin' and for that matter, everything regarding 11/14/71.
Reviewer: grifftrain2000 - - October 30, 2010
Subject: 6-18-74
The great thing about being a Dead fan is there are so many different phases that the group went through. The same songs can have such a different feel to them depending on what tour your listening to. I am a late comer when it comes to the Dead. I didnt really start getting into them until I was 40. I feel lucky to be "discovering" them. I love it when you catch that wave that sometimes takes you away.

P.S., I cant rate this show as i couldnt stream it, but I just wanted to say my 2 cents.

Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 10, 2009
Subject: 6-18-74
This is as good as live music can possibly get. Not a perfect recording but good enough.
Reviewer: lil mac - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 24, 2009
Subject: Help-Birthday show
The day i was born and i missed getting this before the Road Trips closed it out. Please-Can someone please help me?
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2009
Subject: its all been said before...
hands down, without question, the BEST SHOW OF 1974.

greatest EYES ever played.

'nuff said.
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2009
Subject: One of the filthiest shows ever
Does anything really beat the intensity and precision of 74, nope! And even in June, a quite interesting month of experimentation for the boys, this show stands out. Excellent sound quality with a proper mix. Everyone is playing their heart out. Keith is especially on tonight and is obviously not too wasted. Garcia and the boys give off their usual 74' musicianship amazingness.

Most of the cuts in the first set are the best versions of any time they'd ever play it. The El Paso especially, usually set aside as a fun, but first set Bobby Song, bleeds with heavy power strumming and exceptional playing from Keith Godchaux. Then comes second set, what makes this show legendary. WRS>Let it Grow>Other One>It's A Sin>Stella Blue stands out as some of the Dead's most varied playing with moments of blissful stillness and throbbing intensity. Once the loose jam in Other One turns into its ultimate mature Jam, it becomes fairly obvious that the last 35 minutes of listening has been mostly amazingly tight improvisations and communication. Not underplaying the amazing Jam out of Let it Grow of course. I am listening to the Eyes right now and it has a quality Lesh jam after verse three, like all pre-hiatus Eyes should have. This is the Dead at their finest, no arguments about it. If anyone wants this wonderful show, email me and let's trade.
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2009
Subject: stick to reviewing the show, not other reviewers
I'm glad I downloaded this one before they pulled the plug. WRS through It's a Sin is a candidate for greatest jam ever. There are longer Eyes's, but none more dramatic or compelling in execution.

Edited: Gonna add to this a bit. The nifty jam from Let It Grow into the Other One is not one I remember hearing in any other show. They almost seem to be going into the China >Rider jam from this time period at one point, but then they modulate into the key of E for the Other One. At about 5:45 into the The Other One, the beat drops out, and they start the space jam with Jerry, quietly at first, then louder, starting some meltdown riffage, but someone else (Weir? Lesh?) is producing some freaky noises that I haven't heard in any other show, but that fit in perfectly here. It drives me wild every time I hear it. After several minutes of space, they slip easily into a funk jam which in turn gives way to the It's a Sin theme and then to a gorgeous Stella.

I also previously forgot to mention the excellent Morning Dew which closes out this fine show. It's worth checking out on its own. This is one of those shows I keep going back to over and over for its power and brilliance, not to mention the excellent sound quality (other than a little pitch weirdness at the beginning of WRS).
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2008
Subject: 6-18-74
this is another great reason for I like this show – wasn’t there…didn’t listen to it as a yoot,
but love it…

Struggles outta the gate --- but Ramble on Rose is magnifique. Love always the Loser! Fun Eyes…aye, ’74 EYES are yumyum…

China Doll is RICH! Loud SB – good Bobby and keys on the Roundx2
Always love a Lucy!
Great WRS –

Blurrifying Other One --- fantastic!!! Crispy The Its a Sin is baad...6-18-73...

35 years ago --- NOW
…phun times…

Okay…as you attendees know: this show ROCKS
it’s a five…but…no, it’s a five–

To the archive...
We salute U
Reviewer: TheDew - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2008
Subject: So Sweet
Awesome show overall. Yeah it starts off a little ruffled, but soon the kinks are worked out. Once corrected, the show absolutely rocks. Best version of "It's a Sin" since Pig. Garcia definately on fire!
Reviewer: Joshua43214 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2008
Subject: one of the best
I just cant get over this show, I found it looking for a good version of Let it Grow.

This has some of the best samples of this era of Dead. When all put together, it makes this show simply one of the best I have every heard.

Take a moment and listen to this show
Reviewer: Birchola - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2008
Subject: top of 74
this is most likely the best show from 74 and this 74 year is one of the best dead years..57,000 downloads..thats how good it is,if you come across it then dont let it slip away for another day,download it now...the sound is great other then the first couple songs..jazziest dead you can find.
Reviewer: Spring05pc30 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2008
Subject: Dynamics
I recently took a classical music class that explained various musical techniques, and I don't think pointing them out is pompous at all.

That review made me cut out from Ramblin Rose straight into Morning Dew.

I appreciate all sorts of comments, as a History major who never got to see the Dead live, its almost as fun to read them as it is to listen to the music.

I've been on this board for 2 years, I love all of it!!!
Reviewer: Prof FX Gumby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2007
Subject: Eyes...
Very nice and jazzy. Pity about the sound on the first few songs.
Reviewer: st. heathen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2007
Subject: Lighten up, Evan
Why the book report? Bibliography? Footnotes? Annotation? Jeez, hope you brought an apple for teacher.

Also, for the guy going off about pianissimo and fortissimo, your post sounded a little pompoussimo with hints of arrogancia.

This being said, wow, what a show!!!
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2007
Subject: In The Latter Days Of A Decade
In the latter days of a decade known as the "Decade of the Dead" and just days prior to the addition of "Set 1.5, Phil & Ned," The boys waltzed into Louisville (pronounced "Lou-a-vull") with their Wall of Sound in tow and busted out a phat kernel (intended pun on spelling) of a show.

Never mind Promised and Roses ~ they're both messed up, but the recording starts to come into view on Black Throated with a very reedy Weir vocal that cuts in and out a bit before settling down.

I was fortunate enough to see the GD 12 times in 1974, including all five of the final shows at Winterland, and the GD didn't do anything but play one fine show after another with all of them slightly tarnished around the edges by Wall of Sound tech difficulties, but no matter, the Kwipment Krew always saw them through the night by replacing circuit breakers on amps and speaker arrays and we were always more than well-pleased with the results. I will not go on and on about it, but this era, which featured the WOS, was an era of wonderful sounding shows, even if they were less than perfect in various places. All I can say is you had to have been there to appreciate what that humongous monstrosity could spew and spray in gorgeous color-layered display.

Nonetheless, tech problems and all, by the time this show rolls into Ramble the GD are really cooking, and even though there is a tin taste to the higher freakwentseas, Jerry's Wolf is omnipresent ~ growling at and freezing its intended prey. I melt everytime I hear one of his glorious chords. Beat It starts after 2 beats and it's fine and fair. Loser is pedestrian, but Eyes floats in and out of consciousness like my reality-addled psyche. The masterpiece just keeps me bobbing up and down as a buoy in rough seas and fog, a special relief to one so lost, there it is pointing the way to immortality... Just as every version of this song in this great year, but this one is a precious version ~ one you keep close to your bosom everytime you feel like flipping out. You take a deep breath and you are centered by it and then it goes into a thought-jangling jam of unexpressable joy. No acid here, kids. Who needs it? And then?...China Doll. Oooh, get jiggy wit' it. 'Dis be da suicide song, but no one feels like doing demselves in. Jerry all sweet and low. Ah, introspection, what novels we write!

A fiery Around closes set 1. Jerry is trying to take off but his wings are tied up a bit, yet Bobby picks it up and screams heartily til the end.

Loose Lucy is a pleasant thing to open set 2 and, though you can hear all instruments coming through with remarkable clarity, this version sounds not well developed. An unsure Jerry flubs lyrics. El Paso is the usual stuff with lots of Garcia signatures all abounding. Jimmy Row starts off with some interesting harmonium meanderings off Keith's Rhodes. It is a provocative blend nestled amongst Jerry and Bob's chicken plucks. The slide solo is pristine in its attack leaving you with the sensation of having just been attenuated and it leads back into a sharply sung vocal part and presents itself as a perfect platform for the delicious Weather Report Suite that follows upon Jimmy's heels. At this point in the show the Dead are firing on all 12 cylinders. The slide part on WRS pulls the strain right out of your heart and heals all the striated muscles and massages the nerve endings and thereby the blood starts to really pump and flow. Ah, sweet nourishment.

Let It Grow is pretty good, but the boys seem to lose it momentarily here and there and then to make up for past transgressions they catch fire and cannot extinguish themselves. You can hear some of Phil's speakers blowing. There is a raspy sound to them when he hits the really low notes ~ kind of a tweeting sound. These are only momentary, so, no adjustment is needed to your EQ, but the bass is definitely clipping ever so slightly. What ensues is a monumental jam and the unfolding of Jerry's previously wounded wings. Then, just as the jam gets frollicking they move into this protracted venture of sonic surgery, moving up and down and in and out and capping off one synapse before moving onto the next. All sorts of introspective weirdness entails. It's a drunk trying to walk a straight line, or find his keys, or get his fly unstuck. What ensues is Jerry dying in the light and being reborn, dying in the light and being reborn into glory, dying into glory until the first touches of the Other One.

In the Other One all of Jerry's pent up rage and frustration come to the forefront. He goes for the burn. He is the veritable personification of "locked and loaded." It's a conversation, nee'... argument, betwixt a player and his guitar. As he wrestles with the angel, the bands stays right there by his side, coaxing, replying, taunting, challenging, encouraging, edifying. Jerry goes into his leopard tone, minds meld, knees part. The animal is unleashed. There is no longer thought, or intention, or trying. There is a man who has so totally dismantled and rebuilt himself all in the course of two plus hours, that out of sheer presence we are dragged along with him, to boot! And then, at once, back on our feet and dusting ourselves off. Phew, what was that? A truck full of WOS Kwipment that just ran me over?

Zooooot... into It's A Sin jam. Back to planet earth. That was not rehearsed, kiddies. That song was not on the setlist for that night I guarantee. It's a Sin is fallen into like a missed step on a dark night that you almost don't see until the last second and then without stumbling into Stella.

The GD throw Big River in as a breather and Jerry does the final touches on exorcising all the demons that befuddled him earlier. The evidence of River and Tennessee posed in the second set is a reminder to us that that the Grateful Dead had still not given themselves over to a predetermined setlist. In later years a River or a Tennessee would never arise in any second set. Both are epic versions.

Before Sugar Mag Bobby asks a patron that they pass a bottle forward rather than throw it. Phil quips, "Yeah, we could use the 3 cents."

Morning Dew. Was it the deposit on a 12-ounce glass bottle? What was the problem I had before I started this stream? I don't know. I forgot.

I guess it doesn't matter.
Reviewer: jerry5-21-77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2007
Subject: Laaaaaid Back!
My GOD, I am reaaally diggin this show....its been a the feel of this one...GREAT RECORDING....(yeah the first few tracks have vocal issues...but the band is RED hot!

Damn.... that Ramble on Rose is laid back....made me kick my feet up on the desk!!

Miss ya Jerry!
Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2006
Subject: Use of Dynamics is Spectacular in the Dew
This night is a perfect example of how the band used dynamics- in this sond they go from Forte to pianissimo to triple pianissimo- and then slowly build big up to a forte and finally a double Forte- but an accelerando is tacked on at the end- yes- the basic structure of the song- but on this night the difference between the quietest part of the song and the loudest is amazing.
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2006
Subject: Freedom
74 is a fun time, May & June represent a very powerful image of the year for me, here the 73 tunes are maturing, who' da thought the permier versions of Let it grow or Lucy would happen here, but they just might have. Eyes is great from the night before, and jimmy and stella are a happy couple.
Email me at happy to share with responsible listeners.
Reviewer: DandyBear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2006
Subject: Magic!
Wow, simply fantastic! Magic!

4/5 stars sound
5/5 stars performance
Reviewer: 3chrds - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2006
Subject: oh yeah
oh true that taco jon.

when the GD plucks the heart so smoove....
Reviewer: T.Juce - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2006
Subject: 2nd set for lovers
Taco Jon says the second set was meant for falling in love!
Reviewer: eyezoftheworld - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2006
Subject: Ya Know... I Really Thought This Was Gonna Be Average...
I dont know what the guys did before the show... or during the set-break, but this show is sweet. I just made it to TN Jed and I am amazed. This show has something special to it. Every song is done extremely well. This is certainly worth this listen and, if you have the space, the download. Keith is Keyick Ayass on some tunes and Bobby really sounds great. Jerry's voice is also very sweet and his playing is ON! The second set jamming is GREAT. WRS and TOO are killer and the bluesy It's A Sin is GREAT! Even Stella Blue (which i am actually starting to enjoy) is cool. DOWNLOAD!
Reviewer: manhattan al - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2006
Subject: funky
typical tech difficulties- too much too fast?
funky jams- check out how loose lucy bounces.
a little too drum heavy on the right side- nothing like having a snare beat you on one side of your head for an hour
Reviewer: smgarcia - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 21, 2006
Subject: The sound is messed up...
in the first few songs. You hear Weir in one ear, then in a tin can, then in another ear, it is rather annoying. Some instruments go in and out too.

The mixing is not optimal in this soundboard too. Despite the great play, on Eyes you can hear Keith more than Jerry.

I like Black Throated Wind. Good stuff.

I also like boobies. Did the Grateful Dead ever play boobies?
Reviewer: MCSZ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2005
Subject: 5 Stars
Reviewer: jerrysnotdead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2005
Subject: This is good stuff
Just listened again.Forgot how good this show was.Also how clean a recording it is.It is not to "sterile sounding"for my taste.The clarity of it let me crank it up even more to the displeasure of neighbors.ENJOY.....THANKS ARCHIVE.
Reviewer: jerrysnotdead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2005
Subject: This is good stuff
Just listened again.Forgot how good this show was.Also how clean a recording it is.It is not to "sterile sounding"for my taste.The clarity of it let me crank it up even more to the displeasure of neighbors.ENJOY.....THANKS ARCHIVE.
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2005
Subject: 06-18-1974
one of my all time favorite shows...

All the Wake of the Flood material is as good as it gets (with maybe the exception of Row Jimmy)...the It's a Sin jam is nice and Stella Blue is best pre-retirement version...Morning Dew as an encore is just icing...
Reviewer: macfawlty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2005
Subject: Show is great, the board... a little sterile
The music here is great, no question. If I had to make one comment it would be that this board is so sterile that it sounds like a studio recording. You don't get the sense that there was an audience at all. But the sound certainly is very clear. I personally like 7-19-74 Selland Arena as the standout for the year which I think is nearly twice as good as this show with an better set list. It has all this plus a great Playin', Spanish Jam, Jack Straw, Scarlet, US Blues, China Doll, etc. Fortunately, we don't have to choose between the two, just get both.
Reviewer: brokencompass - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2005
Subject: A Scintillating Vintage
With all the hype surrounding this show you would think it has to be somewhat over-rated. It. Is. Not!

Where to begin? I guess at things I didn't see mentioned in the other reviews. The Jam at the end of Around and Around is absolutely ferocious (check out Phil going nuts at the very end). Jerry's Slide work in Weather Report I is amazing. Weir in top form as well and his singing is beautiful. How about the woman's scream right before Phil drops the atom bomb opening to The Other One? The Eyes is so beautifully paced. The quintissential Row Jimmy. and its not even fair to try to put in words how good the transition is between The Other One and the heartbreaking Stella Blue (my personal favorite version). Its not just the It's a Sin jam that makes that piece. They create a feedback improvisation that isn't just sound... its a living breathing monster, also note how Billy sets up the jazz beat that all others tune into which in turns into that amazing piece of blues that is in the pantheon of recorded blues music IMO. This was The Dead at the peak of their powers. Masterful.
Reviewer: jimkrum - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2005
Subject: yikes!
if you can get past the awful mix in promised and the roses you are in for one hell of a treat. I must agree with previous posts on the weather>let it grow as one of the best. very short eyes. Absolutely the best El Paso I have ever heard. this is a keeper!
Reviewer: Since 77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2005
Subject: One of The Greats!
This show sparkles. Great overall, even with weak vocal mikes on the first 3 or 4 songs. Good BIODTL, Loser, and the Eyes>China Doll is extremely nice. I'm slow to give "best ever" status to any songs or shows, but I would have to say that the Weather Report>Let It Grow earns that superlative. Great transitions mark this show. It's a Sin into Stella Blue is smooth as silk. Stella Blue has some magic moments when Jerry and Phil are conjoined twins connected at the brain. This is a great showcase concert for Phil. He is assertive throughout (esp. shines on Eyes), with Phil bombs aplenty. Even with some early technical difficulties, the show recovers and soars to dizzying heights. The more I listen to this show, the further up my personal "all-time" list it climbs. A great, great show. Download it at once and cherish it forever!
Reviewer: hyperboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2005
Subject: It's a Sin JAM!!
just for this get the show! Entire show is cookin'...but the It's a Sin Jam is so f-ing cool!
Reviewer: 67gp - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2005
Subject: My Old Kentucky Home
Check out Jerry's 'My Old Kentucky Home' riff in BIODTL. Nice touch.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2005
Subject: Best Eyes, Let it Grow ,BT Wind, Big River ever
This was always a favorite tape! This and Des Moines are essential.
Reviewer: stonyloop - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2005
Subject: Aweesome Show
The recording is awesome. One of the best recordings I have ever heard of the Dead. The Other One? Feel the bass that Phil lays down. This is one awesome show. Don't forget about the previous show (6/16), that one is awesome. Download both. They have everything for everyone.
Reviewer: stonyloop - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2005
Subject: Aweesome Show
The recording is awesome. One of the best recordings I have ever heard of the Dead. The Other One? Feel the bass that Phil lays down. This is one awesome show. Don't forget about the previous show (6/16), that one is awesome. Download both. They have everything for everyone.
Reviewer: squints777 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2005
Subject: day at the races
Excellent recording of an excellent show. What? You don't have this show? Well you better download it now. When I was a kid I had a 2nd gen sbd tape of this one. It wasn't the complete show however, this became one of my favorite shows. Between this tape and my Harper College tape, I fell in love with this band. As soon as I was old enough I was going to shows. This is the stuff that legends are made of. This is the greatest band ever, don't believe me? Give this one a listen. Hats off once again to the archive.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 22, 2005
Subject: A great Morning Dew
I don't like to label any show or song as "best ever," but of all the shows I've heard, this has my favorite Morning Dew. I often listen to it by itself and use it in playlists. This is Jerry at his best, both on vocals and guitar, and the band is totally in sync. Midway, Jerry and Keith do a beautiful duet that starts "sotto voce" and slowly builds to a climax. I'm not saying this is the best song of the show--it's a fabulous show. But amoung Dews, this Dew is special.
Reviewer: darkstar11/11/73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2005
Subject: the best
forget the hype about a certin show in may of 77...this is the one ur lookin for......there is nothing negitive to say about this show....there is no cut out during weather report(which another reviewer referenced)......just listen to the weather reporT>let it grow>other one>its a sin.....the best dead jam ever
Reviewer: mgags - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2005
Subject: Post WRS Jam
OK, so checkout the jam after Let it Grow. It weaves in and out of so many grooves (including Other One and Sin Jam) and then after oh, about 30 min or so they find a sweet Stella Blue.

A top 10 all time!
Reviewer: MindBender65 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2005
Subject: WOW
I love this show. Very well played. The vocal levels dont get properly adjusted until black throated wind, which is a shame, since roses was wonderful. Turn it up and listen to Bobby talk after promised land about a spy that was supposed to reveal his or her self that night. I was very tempted to just leave promised land off and start disc 1 with roses, but decided to leave it on there. The second set is crazy, and the first set is nothing to sneeze at either.
Reviewer: Elvis The King - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 24, 2005
Subject: Out of this World
This review is on one CD of songs as follows: Last 3 songs of Set One (Eyes, C Doll, Around), the last 5 songs of Set Two (Sin, Stella, Big R, TJed, Sugar), and the encore (MDew); Time 75:22. This CD of songs is 5 star material. Around & Around, Tennessee Jed, and Morning Dew are about as good as they get. Around & Around is pure Rock N' Roll and Weir is Rock Star singer and Jerry is
Rock Star guitarist. The band gives 110%. Where do you see Tennessee Jed as the second to the last song of the second set? And it is played as such. It is not just Jerry, Weir is right there in dual lead which I love. Sugar Magnolia is
not played perfectly but is played with gusto. Go Donna go. I am a Donna supporter, not basher. She added a lot in concert. Just listen to this Sugar
Magnolia and tell me who the man (woman). I loved it when she was up there wailing away. Morning Dew is Morning Dew. One of the best songs ever played. What I would give to hear the GD play Morning Dew again. It's A Sin is pure blues, I
never heard it before but it shows the GD could play anything, even beer songs and songs about some lady named Peggy. Eyes is great, flowing like bullets from a Tommy Gun.

The mix is great except Bob is a little lite like Miller. Other than that Jerry and Phil are clearly heard, Keith is there, vocals are loud, recording is louder than usual. In 1982 Mr. Garcia was twangy, 1991 acoustic electric, and
in 1974 he spewed bullets. Elvis out.
Reviewer: BustedFlat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 17, 2005
Subject: must have
This is most surely a MUST HAVE. Whole show is spactacular. Skipping ahead to the very end....The Dew is to die for. Just listen to Keith in the quiet moments. Wish they'd played this kind of encore when I was going to shows....
Reviewer: TossinRocks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2005
Subject: A major glitch?
I'm surprised no one here mentions that Weather Report Suite gets abrubtly cut off at 19:56 before Let it Grow starts suddenly. At least that's the way it came off on my download. Anyone else?
BTW-don't bother emailing from the txt info. You'll get a 550 error (User not known).
Reviewer: Fsaxwas9 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2005
Subject: get this one!!!
Highly Reccomended.

right up there with Alexandra palace and 6/26-6/28 1974 runs. Very inventive jamming, especially if you're a jazz fan.
Reviewer: MushroomEagle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2005
Subject: yes
I have to point out that the screaming slide guitar in row jimmy and wrs are really "all-time" worthy. My favorite row jimmy is still from 4/23/77, but this one is such a contender being right next to wrs. Phil drops some out of this world bombs in the jam session covering 'let it grow' to 'it's a sin.' Everything thats been previously said is true...great eyes/stella blue/roses/loser/china doll ... the whole thing. great show start to finish - sound quality not bad.
Reviewer: Stargazin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2005
Subject: best of the year
June of 1974!!
This is one of the greatest Dead shows ever,
it gets 5 stars regardless of the sound quality.
This download sounds infinitely better than my old tape copy of this show that needed a pitch correction... and even then, this was one of my top 5 shows of any GD era.
The Eyes is archetypal.
Best listened to while speeding down a long stretch of rural highway with bluegrass alongside the road, on a hot summer afternoon as the sun is setting....
The second set is for hot summer starry nights. It's one finely crafted musical journey... this is the magic that can happen after 9 years of focused collective improvisation.
And the Morning Dew encore says it all.
Also check out Providence & Boston a week and a half later, they were released as Dick's Picks (#12 I think.)
Reviewer: the_fenman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2005
Subject: Promised Land
Definitley some sound/level issues here in the Promised Land...didn't see this mentioned earlier so I thought I would. By no means should this detract you from downloading this show rips!
Reviewer: TimePilot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2005
Subject: Excellent Show. 1974 Rules!
This is definitely a prime example of why the dead were so hot in 1974. Eyes of the World gets 4 stars at least at every '74 show. Here, the sound is kinda screwy until you get past BTW (levels changing...voices hard to hear). After that...hold on! Great Eyes. Highlight for me was the whole TOO>It's a sin jam>Stella. Sound 4.25 stars, performance 4.75 stars = 4.5 stars overall.
Reviewer: thechaps57 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2005
Subject: Super Special
The only years I really listen to anymore are 1972 through 1974, with September '72, October '73 and May/June '74 getting the lion's share of airtime. Having said that, this Freedom Hall show is among my personal top 5.

The show meets all my cream-of-the-crop criteria. First of all, I want to hear a surprise. In the case of the Freedom Hall show, we get "Eyes of the World" and "China Doll" in the first set. That counts as a surprise, right? Secondly, I want even the "second tier" songs to turn me on. With this show, songs like "Mexicali Blues" and "Tennessee Jed" capture my imagination more than usual. Thirdly, I want a fluid nasty jam in the second set, and with the WRS>Other One segment of this show the boys steal my face, for sure (not to mention coming back from outer space and gracefully sliding into "Stella Blue"). Fourthly (and lastly), I want the show to end with a non-standard encore. Don't give me no "One More Saturday Night" (yawn), "Casey Jones" or "Johnny B. Goode". Blow my mind! Shoot my wad! Cap it all with a cherry, Jerry! With this Freedom hall show you get "Morning Dew" as an encore. Simply wicked!

Beyond meeting these criteria of mine, this recording sounds fabulous, the band is obviously feeling their oats, and there are lots of absolutely top notch little nuggets througout (like Jerry's pinched solo toward the end of "Loser").

1974 yielded several bonafide classics - such as Winterland 2/24 and Roosevelt Stadium 8/6 - and this little Kentucky jamboree certainly deserves to be counted in their company.

I'm taking this show with me.
Reviewer: Tore up - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2005
Subject: Plug in, fall down, freak out.
Yea...go ahead and download this one. Then, throw it on the player, sit back and enjoy.

Thankyou Jerry.
Reviewer: twheat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2004
Subject: Great Show
This was my first Grateful Dead show. It was billed "Four hours with the Grateful Dead". Not being much of a Dead fan at the time, I went mainly to see the "wall of sound". I can't remember much (too wasted) other than it wasn't anywhere near a sellout crowd.

Finding it archived was like finding treasure in the attic. "China Doll" will blow you away.
Reviewer: borndead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2004
Subject: let Freedom Hall ring!!!!!!!!
Louisville in 1974,I was just one years old and counting the days for my first show[6.25.88]13 short years away.No one brought me to this concert,but once i started gettin tapes in the late 80s this was a standard in the Ky. trading loops.This whole version is very choice,love those Bob Barker mics they had then[GD MOVIE].Why was i not KINDnapped and brought to this show 5 miles from home?The Eyes was always my favorite version,Report2Let it grow are like a sound track to a great hollywood love movie.During Eyes Billy sounds like a hip hop drummer[all backbone]also during Lucy he is what the brothers would call in the pocket.This was the old Freedom Hall before it was dug out to make more seats for the Cardinals to play ball.Being a UofL fan I always thought the boys let some magic in the building,the next season the team was one point away from the NCAA championship game,losing to UCLA[GRATEFUL DEAD WORLD],am I crazy or did this show leave crop circles in the arena?
JONATHAN AIZEN FOR PRES.'08!!!!!!!!!!!! Is he a real person or does Pig,Jer,Keith,Brent,and Mr.Graham send us all these shows????????????????????????????????
Reviewer: Cortez The Killer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2004
Subject: Boomers anyone?
Loose Lucy got some serious nuts hangin' this night...Wow,sucks I was only 4 years old.I had set 2 on disc but until now never heard the complete show.Rippin'! Some little nugget hollers out for Elpaso and by christ they played it for her...Gotta have the right equipment I guess to get your point across...Ha,ha,ha!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: sangreeb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 7, 2004
Subject: wow
These May/June 74 shows are incredible. The Dead were out of this world for these two months, and (arguably) never reached this plateau again. Amazing show
Reviewer: swampyfool - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2004
Subject: best keyboard playing i've heard from any dead show
i guess it's Keith Godchaux on keyboards - this sound quality makes the piano so easy to hear - and it is right on - really great on ramble, mexicali, eyes, oh so many - love it - thanks to the copier here
Reviewer: bigbird - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2004
Subject: typical
worth it just for this great version of Eyes....there are just not enough CDRs in the world..
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2004
Subject: It's a sin
they didnt play this more than they did, and like someone said, for longer as well!

Pure emotion
Reviewer: southernflavour - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2004
Subject: best tennesse jed ever
good show and sound.
Reviewer: jci35 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2004
Subject: Good Stuff from 74
Plain and simple, get this one if you don't already. Crisp high sound quality for sure. I was always a fan of this period since I had a copy of this as a kid. Gotta love the way they did Eyes back at those shows. Thanks to the folks at for all the great stuff. I can't stop downloading shows... My computer's starting to have a meltdown.
Reviewer: GJR - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2004
Subject: Sacred Ground
Words fall short here. Turn on, tune in and drop out.

; )
Reviewer: dcain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2004
Subject: Morning Dew
Where to begin? How about at the end, with the encore. There's that nice vocal inflection from Garcia: "i THOUGHT-I, her-erd...." Throughout, the song seems largely propelled by just a note or two from bass, piano and drums, creating a canyon-like spaciousness. The quiet period after the "doesn't matter verses" is very extended, and is played with great tenderness. Garcia goes into his buzzsaw at 12:05, and the crescendo builds band-round for probably forty solid seconds. They just don't build 'em like this anymore....
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2004
Subject: Top 5!
In the Other One museum, there is 9/17/72, and then this one displayed close by. Not as long, but lordy, lordy the places they take the song tonight! A rare Let it Grow jam into the Other One sequence that's just mind-bending, face-stealing and beautiful. And the only "sin" is that It's a Sin is so short!! Jerry lands us in a soulful Stella Blue. And then pulls out Morning Dew for an encore! This show is just one highlight after another. They may have reached their peak of the year tonight. I am of the opinion that the burden of playing big arenas and toting around the Wall of Sound in two semi trucks, began to wear on the boys by late summer.Some of the summer shows are weak in places. And the October Winterland shows are good but overrated IMHO compared to the spring/summer shows. This should be the first 1974 show you get. And- the Other One is so hot, maybe it did thunderstorm inside the Hall!!!
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: stober - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2004
Subject: you were there
Just to let you know the show was indoors.Must have been some good shit to see thunder storms inside Freedom Hall
Reviewer: Erock - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2004
Subject: This is a kick ass show - must have
This show fuckin rocks. Check out the harmonies on China doll, the killer jamming on eyes and the emotion of BTW. Each song taken alone are really special and together it is very magical. Makes me want to go back in time and check this show out. Wish JG sounded this good in 1990+ when I started to see the boys. 1977 used to be my favorite year of Dead, but this show and other great 74 performances really hits home and is sooooo, soooo kind on the ears. Enjoy! Eric
Reviewer: demoman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2004
Subject: I was there in 74
I have not yet listened to the download but I know it is great. I was 23 at the time and lived in Ames and remember a very long and loud concert with a thunderstorm and rain. The dead was under an awning and didn't get wet althought they shut off the electics. Aftr a big rainbow came out over the stage just like europe 72 cover.
Reviewer: demoman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2004
Subject: I was there in 74
I have not yet listened to the download but I know it is great. I was 23 at the time and lived in Ames and remember a very long and loud concert with a thunderstorm and rain. The dead was under an awning and didn't get wet althought they shut off the electics. Aftr a big rainbow came out over the stage just like europe 72 cover.
Reviewer: coastalhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2004
Subject: definitely a louisville slugger
this show had always been one of my favorite cassettes. what a treat to be able to get such a clean copy on cd. the weather report is the best version i've ever heard, especially phil's bass lines. eyes is also amazing. could never thank the archive enough.
Reviewer: magicgravy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2004
Subject: these are a few of my favorite things
if they came on stage and just played the china doll, i'm sure all in attendance would have been satisfied. add to that the eyes and the loose lucy played the old school way, and it's a keeper. add my most favoritest morning dew and we have a classic. the history behind my acquiring this show (again and again through cassette to dat to cd), brings me close to tears as now we can all click our ways to some of the juciest morsles of dead ever to be served up. thank you
Reviewer: soybomb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2004
Subject: Solid '74 show
Some consider it the best of the year. I won't argue that.
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